Keselowski leads competitors in stage points after Martinsville

 

By Dominic Aragon

March 26, 2018

 

Brad Keselowski leads all competitors in stage points through the first six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races this season.

 

Keselowski earned 16 stage points in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway Monday, enough to propel the 2012 Cup Series champion to the top of the cumulative stage points standings with 73 total.

 

Kyle Busch has earned the second-most stage points with 70 and Kevin Harvick has earned the third most with 63.

 

Martin Truex Jr., who led all drivers entering Martinsville, failed to score a stage point Monday, leaving the driver fourth overall with 60.

 

A.J. Allmendinger earned his first stage points of 2018 at Martinsville, netting a total of five stage points with top-10 finishes in the first two stages.

 

In total, 25 competitors have earned stage points this season.

 

With the exception of the Coca-Cola 600 in May, every points-paying race in 2018 is broken up into three stages.

 

Each of the first two stages pays out points to the top-10 finishing drivers. A first-place finish gets 10 points, second-place gets nine points, and so forth.

 

TOTAL STAGE POINTS THROUGH SIX RACES:

RANK

DRIVER

POINTS

1

Brad Keselowski

73

2

Kyle Busch

70

3

Kevin Harvick

63

4

Martin Truex Jr.

60

5

Kurt Busch

53

6

Ryan Blaney

52

7

Joey Logano

48

8

Kyle Larson

40

9

Denny Hamlin

39

10

Clint Bowyer

31

11

Michael McDowell

17

12

Aric Almirola

16

13

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

15

14

Chase Elliott

13

15

Paul Menard

13

16

Jimmie Johnson

12

17

Erik Jones

10

18

Alex Bowman

9

19

A.J. Allmendinger

7

20

Ty Dillon

5

21

Darrell Wallace Jr.

4

22

Trevor Bayne

4

23

Austin Dillon

2

24

Kasey Kahne

2

25

Daniel Suarez

1

26

William Byron

1

 

 

STAGE WINS

Kevin Harvick has won three stages, the most among the competition.

 

Ryan Blaney, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr. have each won two stages.

 

Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin have each won a stage this season.

 

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SOURCES
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